Tim Pat Coogan is one of the best historians and commentators on the troubles
in Ireland. He has written many books of non-ficion including autobiographies of Michael Collins
and Eamonn De Valera
He is a great social commentator and is an authority on all matters pertaining to the troubles in Northern Ireland
His book on the IRA
is renowned for its accuracy and fact telling.
He also wrote a book called "The Irish
: A Personal View" which I would recomeend to anyone who wants to know what the IRISH are really like.
Sometimes critisised for Republican
views (in the Irish context) but is generally well balanced and non partisan